AP Biology Summer Assignment
Padlet Photo Blog
Biology Scavenger Hunt and Photo Blog
Due Date: August 13, 2015 (the second day of school)
Submit: The hardcopy of the table of contents form must be handed to me personally. Fill in the first column and include your name and URL. The URL of your blog must also be submitted to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Choose 20 terms/concepts on the list below. Search for them in the natural environment and “collect” it by taking a photograph of it. Define the term in your own words. In a few sentences explain how your picture represents the term.
2. Upload each photo, definition, and explanation to a blog that you create in a Padlet page.
3. You will have to be creative. Some terms describe internal features of animals or plants. Please do not destroy the animal or plant when taking the photo. If, for instance, you chose the term “phloem”, you could submit a photograph of the entire plant or a close-up of one portion of the plant. You would then have to explain on your blog what phloem is and specifically where it is located on the specimen that you photographed.
4. All of your photos must be your original work. You cannot take them from any publication or cut and paste from the internet. In order to prove that each photo is indeed your own, is to include a proof object in each picture. It could be a keychain, a small toy, special coin, or piece of jewelry. Note: You must submit a picture of yourself with your proof object when you hand in your blog table of contents form.
5. Since this is a Biology class, only natural items can be used. Use this as an opportunity to explore your neighborhood, local fields or woods, the beach, or the zoo. Humans are considered natural items but they can only be used for a few entries in your blog.
6. This is an individual project. While it is ok to discuss and go on adventures with classmates, your photos must be unique. No two students in the class should choose the exact same list of items to collect.
7. Always be respectful of the world around you. Never touch animals or plants you are unfamiliar with and don’t hurt or kill any organisms. Do not remove any organisms from their natural environment.
8. You will creating your blog and posting it online for the world to see. Anything put online is permanent.
Be careful and mature about what you put on your blog. All images must be deemed appropriate.
Photo Blog Rubric
Photo Sample 1
This is a picture of an earthworm. The earthworm represents a detritivore. A detritivore, also called a decomposer, is an organism that consumes non-living organic materials (corpses, fallen plant material and wastes) to obtain its energy and nutrients. They can be found in many different types, for example, fungi, bacteria and protists as well.
Photo Sample 2
This is a picture of pine needles. Pine needles are an example of a modified leaf of a plant. A modified leaf is one that has adapted to perform another function, other than photosynthesis and transpiration. A pine needle's shape functions to retain moisture, which is helpful in dry and windy areas.
Photo Sample 1
Photo Sample 2
Guidelines for Safe Blogging
Guidelines for Safe Blogging (From Kim Foglia's Class Blog via York County Public Schools)
Blogging is a very public activity. Anything that is posted on the Internet stays there. FOREVER! Deleting a post simply removes it from the blog it was posted to. Copies of the post may exist scattered all over the Internet. That is why we need to be careful and follow some simple, clear, safety rules.
FIRST RULE: To protect your privacy, you need to set up your account using ONLY your first name. This means that many of you need to go in and change your profile. If you have the same first name as another classmate, then let's add only your last initial to your first name, like DanielF.
SECOND RULE: We do not use pictures of ourselves in our profiles. If you really want a graphic image associated with your posting use an avatar -- a picture of something that represents you but IS NOT of you.
Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for our blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of our school.
Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our blog. Our blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.
Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.
Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.
Keep all of these in mind as you create your Biology Photo Blog. Email your teacher if you have questions or concerns about blogging.
Terms To Choose From:
1. Adaptation of an animal
2. Adaptation of a plant
3. Altruistic behavior
4. Amniotic egg
5. Analogous structures
6. Animal that has a segmented body7. Anther and filament of stamen
9. Asexual reproduction
12. Auxin producing area of a plant
14. Batesian mimicry
15. Bilateral symmetry
16. Biological magnification
17. C3 Plant
18. C4 Plant
19. CAM Plant20. Calvin Cycle
22. Cellular respiration
25. Connective tissue
26. Cuticle layer of a plant27. Detritivore
28. Dominant vs. recessive phenotype
29. Ectotherm30. Endosperm
33. Epithelial tissue
36. Eukaryote37. Exoskeleton
39. Flower ovary
40. Frond41. Gametophyte
42. Genetic variation within a population
43. Genetically modified organism44. Gibberellins
46. Gymnosperm cone –male or female
47. Gymnosperm leaf
50. Homologous structures
53. Introduced species
54. Keystone species
55. Krebs cycle
58. Lipid used for energy storage
59. Littoral zone organism
60. Long-day plant
61. Mating behavior (be careful!!)
63. Modified leaf of a plant
64. Modified root of a plant
65. Modified stem of a plant
66. Mullerian mimicry
72. Parenchyma cells
80. Radial symmetry (animal)
81. Redox reaction
83. Seed dispersal (animal, wind, water)
86. Stigma and style of carpel
89. Territorial behavior
91. Unicellular organism
92. Vestigial structures